Summer is on its way, and it’s time for cookouts, parties, music festivals, and baseball! And although you guys tend to keep busy with softball leauges, outdoor treks, and general shenanigans, your love handles can still find a way to affix themselves to your newly sun-kissed statures.
What’s a fella to do? The good news is that you don’t have to eat salad every day. Your favorite foods can be prepared in a way that makes them delicious AND nom-worthy. So, good sirs, put down your Sam Adams and read on.
A staple at any good sporting event, buffalo wings are versatile, portable, delicious, and loaded with calories. A typical serving of wings at a restaurant has around 1,000 to 1,500 calories. That’s almost an entire day’s worth of calories!
Changing the way these are prepared, you can cut the caloric intake by half.
Recipe: Unbelievable Baked Buffalo Wings – 570 calories per serving
Pizza may be the world’s most perfect food. Since its origination, pizza has changed dramatically. In the beginning, it was a thinned crust bread with olive oil, fresh vegetables, and home made cheeses.
As technology advanced and food became more abundant, so did pizza toppings. Today we have options like the “Meatzza Feast” pizza, and deep dishes, which clock in around 700-800 calories per slice, and as everyone knows, one slice is not enough. By loading up on fresh ingredients and taking it easy on the cheese (sorry, everyone in Wisconsin), you can eat more than one slice, guilt free.
Recipe: Recipe: Sausage, Onion, and Fennel Pizza – 210 calories per slice
Sometimes a guy just wants to follow his primal instincts, and tear into a perfectly grilled steak. Luckily, if you choose the right cuts, and don’t go overboard with your portion size, steak is actually pretty good for you. It’s packed with protein, iron, and a slew of B vitamins (which are great for your immune system and for tissue repair).
Grilling is a healthy way to prepare meat, and it drains excess fat. You also want to stick to lean cuts, like sirloin, top round, and bottom round.
Recipe: Grilled Flank Steak – 318 calories (six ounce steak)
As delicious as liquefied cheese is, it’s simply not the healthiest for us. Mexican food is very versatile. It can be very healthy (think fresco style), or it can be, well, Doritos disguised as dinner. Naturally, the more processed our food is, the worse it is for us. But if you take a few more minutes to use fresh ingredients, you can save yourself calories, and turn up the taste.
Recipe: Black Bean and Chicken Chilaquiles – 293 calories per serving
See? Eating healthy isn’t so bad, after all. Make sure to give me a call when the food’s ready!